Japanese utilitarian simplicity by Fog Linen Work. Yumiko Sekine started her business in 1993 importing used books and houseware from Europe and America to Japan. In her search for more products, she could not find affordable every day linens that she had used during her childhood. She visited Lithuania, a country that grows flax, whose fibers are spun into linen, and have been producing and exporting linen products to other European countries since the Middle Ages. This led her to start producing her own linen fabrics in Lithuania - you can see photos of the people making her products here. We love the enduring quality and simplicity of these beautiful European grown and woven textiles.